Let kings decide result of a game on the board
A proposal by Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh
More than a hundred million people in the world can play chess, but we have
only about a hundred thousand players who have international FIDE rating (Elo).
This means that for every thousand chess players only one has a rating.
In world championship matches, when one player resigns, even some of the rated
players cannot understand easily why the player resigned. Therefore our Championship
tournament games are not understandable at least for 99.9% of chess players.
Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, arbiter and organiser from Iran
If we accept the fact that support for a sport depends on the number of people
who follow the game and results, then if more people understand what is going
on, more will follow it. Then if we can make chess understandable a thousand
times more individuals, the public will support chess better.
If players continue their games until checkmate, all of the spectators can
understand at least the last part of the games. Because they understand the
games, they will enjoy them more. The point is that we currently tend to cut
off the end of a nice story, and therefore games became incomprehensible and
boring for most of the fans.
As a result of not stopping the game before checkmate, then:
as in other sports, such as football matches, at least the last two or
three moves can be shown on the sport news, and they will be interesting
all the spectators in the tournament halls will enjoy the games and will
guess the last moves, which are easy for them. They will enjoy and be excited
about the end phase of the games.
we will see many nice mating combinations in actual games.
surprisingly, the expected results of games will change from time to time.
amateur players will follow the top games over the board live and will
enjoy them by guessing the last few moves of the champions, and this will
make them gradually stronger.
youngsters will fight till the end of the games, and their technique and
defensive skills will improve as with their other chess skills. The bad
practice common among players to resign quickly will disappear.
Mehrdad explains his proposal to mathematics professor and chess expert
I am not asking for a radical change of the chess rules. As many chess experts
and grandmasters (including Vladimir Kramnik) have said, this is a rational
proposal and can help publicize chess. I encourage chess organizers to apply
this rule in special tournaments or exhibition games. Remember that now we think
Sofia rule is quite natural, and we apply it even as a general rule of chess,
but when it was introduced it was very strange.
Professional chess players must decide if they think this proposal will increase
the publicity of chess and, as a direct result, very quickly affect their income.
For the spectators it will mean that they learn more about chess from end of
the game and then begin to understand the earlier stages as well.
Finally let me ask you to imagine what soccer would be like if FIFA allowed
teams to resign their matches when they thought they did not have any real chances
anymore; or even worse: if they were allowed to agree to a draw before finishing
the game, or even after just a few minutes. That is what we are doing in chess.
International Chess Arbiter and Organizer
Asian Chess Federation Treasurer
Iran Chess Federation Delegate